2011-12 Course Descriptions
ART 287 Art for Elementary Teachers (2-4-3), fall, spring. Theory, techniques, materials, and activities appropriate for elementary school art instruction.
ART 291 Introduction to Black and White Photography (3-0-3), fall. In-depth introduction to the basic principles and history of black-and-white photography. Course includes the study of small-format cameras, film exposure, basic darkroom techniques, and the fundamental theory and practice of photography such as the meanings of various photographic terms, composition, and artistic expression throughout studio assignments.
ART 317 Introduction to Illustration (2-4-3), fall. An introduction to illustration as a commercial art field. Explores pictorial problem-solving for a client through utilization of traditional media and processes. Prerequisites: ART 105, 111, 112.
ART 318 Digital Illustration (2-4-3), spring. Explores the computer as a medium for creating original images for commercial art outlets. Uses both bitmap and vector programs. Prerequisite: ART 105, 111, 112, 317.
ART 332 Sculpture II (2-4-3), fall, spring. Continued exploration of sculptural form begun in ART 331. Media and processes will vary but typically include welding processes, mixed media, wood construction, and bronze casting. Prerequisite: ART 331.
ART 351 Basic Visual Communication (2-4-3), fall, spring. Introduction to formal resources, systems, conceptual principles and procedures underlying the practice of graphic design. Particular attention is given to problem solving, the visualization of problems and solutions, and the correlation of forms with their content, function, and context. Prerequisite: ART 105.
ART 352 Digital Graphic Techniques (2-4-3), fall, spring. An introduction to computer aided design with emphasis on InDesign and Photoshop. Continuing emphasis on problem solving in relation to electronic message making. Prerequisite: ART 351.
ART 353 Identity and Brand Design (2-4-3), spring. Examination of the problems and possibilities using design to interpret information. Exploration of how difficult concepts and abstract ideas can be made visible and understandable to an audience. Prerequisites: ART 352 and junior standing in art.
ART 371 Jewelry/Metals I (2-4-3), fall. Designing and making jewelry and small objects with various metals and alternate materials. Casting and constructed forms. Prerequisite for art majors: ART 105, 106.
ART 454 Information Graphics (2-4-3), fall. Investigation of publication design, particularly that of magazines and books. Emphasis on marketing and directing reader's emotional and intellectual response. Prerequisite: ART 352.
ART 455 Persuasive Graphics (2-4-3), fall. Introduction to package design; investigation of materials and production methods. Projects include revitalization of existing packaging and packaging of new products. Prerequisite: ART 352.
ART 456 Graphic Design Portfolio (2-4-3), spring. Advanced problem solving activities structured to increase graphic design awareness and skills. Internship with local design firms. Course work culminates in a mini-exhibition or presentation. Prerequisite: ART 353, 454, 455 or permission of instructor.
ART 457 Interactive Design (2-4-3), spring. Introduces interactive Web design; reviews current visual communication practices on the Internet, considering the basic concepts of information architecture, developing core technical and design competencies, and exploring the fundamentals of interaction design. The class challenges students to expand the creative potential of the medium. Prerequisites: ART 352, 353 and 454 or permission from instructor for non-art majors.
ART 490 Advanced Studio Problems (2-4-3), on demand. Specific problems in various media. Course content and media to be determined by the instructor. May be repeated for 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: junior standing and permission of instructor and department chair.
ART 495 Life and Career in Art (3-0-3), spring. A study of the culture of the art world, the marketplace for art and art services, and the professional practices required for a career in fine or applied arts. Special emphasis is given to developing skills, practices, and values for an artistic life of leadership and influence. Prerequisites: senior standing and one of ART 318, 433, 443, 455, 463, 473, or 490 in drawing.
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